HARRISONBURG, Va., April 17, 2011 - James Madison held an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, but 74th-ranked Radford won five of six singles matches to rally for a 5-2 men's tennis victory on Sunday at Hillside Courts.
Sophomore Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia) was the lone JMU player to win in both singles and doubles action, and the Dukes tallied victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Radford improved to 19-3 on the season, while JMU dropped to 12-7 this year.
In doubles play, RU's Joe Mills and Nicholas Sayer gave the Highlanders the early advantage with an 8-1 win at No. 3 against sophomore Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) and senior Yaroslav Voznenko (Kherson, Ukraine/Kherson Technical).
The Dukes evened it up when junior Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes (Wayne State)) and sophomore Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) defeated Radford's top doubles duo of Ivan Salec and Thomas Dehaen, 8-5.
JMU claimed the doubles point after senior Matt King (Lorton, Va./Robinson (Old Dominion)) and Pool took a 9-7 decision from Stijn Meulemans and Igor Ogrizek at No. 2.
RU opened singles play with a pair of wins to grab a 2-1 advantage. Dehaen cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory against King at No. 6 and Meulemans won 6-1, 6-2 over Voznenko at No. 5.
Pool knotted the team match at 2-2 when he defeated Ogrizek 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
The Highlanders regained the lead at 3-2 as Mills downed Sentenac 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, and they secured the team win when Salec, ranked 116th in the nation by the ITA, picked up a 6-3, 6-4 victory versus Vladimirsky at No. 1.
Sayer closed out the match for RU with a 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 win against Moulin at No. 2.
Head Coach Steve Secord also announced following the match that Tuesday's meeting at Georgetown has been cancelled so the team can focus on next weekend's Colonial Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championship, which takes place April 21-24 at Old Dominion.
The Dukes will find out their tournament opponent on Monday afternoon.